What are Veneers and How Should You Care for Them
Maryville and Knoxville, TN
Many adults are not happy with the way their teeth look. Smiling should be a beautiful, joyful experience not something you should be embarrassed by or try to cover up. You can transform your smile and your whole appearance using dental veneers. Veneers are a powerful, painless dental treatment that can give you the white, even teeth you’ve always dreamed of.
Why are Veneers Used in Dentistry?
Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy with little or no preparation. Veneers can change the quality of a smile. It can make a chipped tooth appear intact by covering the tooth and making it thicker in the chipped area. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps or align a single tooth that is out of position instead of using orthodontics.
What are Veneers?
In dentistry, veneers are wafer-thin custom-made shells that are placed over your own tooth to either improve the aesthetics or protect it from damage. It is used as a convincing substitute for natural tooth enamel. There are two types of veneers. There is a resin composite and a porcelain veneer. Porcelain is the more popular of the two as it is less likely to stain and is more durable.
Dental porcelain is translucent giving it the light reflecting quality of natural teeth. When bonded to your teeth, porcelain veneers can create a new, natural-looking surface. Porcelain veneers can be used to improve color, size, shape and spacing of your teeth.
Getting a dental veneer usually requires two dental visits. One of these visits is for the diagnosis and treatment planning. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, a small amount of enamel (about the thickness of the veneer) may be needed to be trimmed off. A local anesthetic can be used if needed. A mold is made and sent out to a lab that constructs your veneer. Your dentist receives the veneer in 1-2 weeks. The dentist then trims and fits the veneer to your tooth. Before application, your tooth is cleaned, polished and etched to promote a strong bond. Dental cement is applied to the veneer and then placed on your tooth. A special light is used to harden the cement quickly. Your dentist may require a return visit to evaluate placement and examine your gums.
Care for Veneers
Continue to brush and floss at least twice a day. You may also use mouth rinse if desired. Good oral hygiene will help your veneers remain strong and last longer.